The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport presents the latest production, Crazy For You. The songs of George and Ira Gershwin are the inspiration of this Tony Award winning musical comedy that brings to the stage the nostalgic showmanship of 1930's Broadway. With a book written by Ken Ludwig, Crazy For You is perfect blend of classic American music, unforgettable dancing and riotous laughter, featuring such Gershwin hits as I Got Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and They Can't Take That Away From Me.
Crazy For You will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will be matinees on the following days: Saturdays July July 18, August 1, and August 15 at 3:00pm. There will performances on Sundays July 26, and August 9 at 7:00pm.
Tickets are on sale and are $60. Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
Crazy For You is produced for the John W. Engeman Theater by Richard T. Dolce, the theater's Producing Artistic Director. The director is Alan Souza whose regional credits stretch up and down the East Coast from The Maltz Jupiter Theater to The NJ Repertory Company. Recently he directed the debut of the musical Cupid and Psyche for The NJ Repertory Theater and Little Women for the John W. Engeman Theater. The choreographer, replicating Susan Stroman's original choreography, is Vic Dimonda who is currently the Associate Artistic Director for the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport. He directed and choreographed the inaugural production of Smokey Joe's Cafe and is a faculty member of The Ailey School, The Ailey Extension and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The musical director is Donny Jones, who has played on Broadway in the pits of Flower Drum Song, and Wicked, as well as having musically directed numerous shows including Jekyll & Hyde, A Wonderful Life, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, and Oliver! for the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport. The casting Director is Stephen DeAngelis who has been a valued member of the John W. Engeman Theater since its inception and has cast all of the main stage productions to date. Stephen is on staff at Grey NYC having cast over 2,200 network television and radio commercials.
The Design Team includes Michael Bottari & Ronald Case (Set and Costume Designers) who return to the John W. Engeman Theater after designing Man of La Mancha last season. They created original set and costume designs for the new South African production of Hairspray, and were nominated for the 2008 Drama Desk ,Outer Critics Circle, and won the Lucille Lortel Award for costume design for "Die Mommie Die". Martin E. Vreeland (Lighting Designer) who returns to the John W. Engeman Theater after designing The Foreigner and Little Women. Katherine Miller(Sound Designer) who has been the sound engineer for the John W. Engeman Theater since its inception in 2007 and has designed Over the River and Through the Woods, Other People's Money, Barefoot in the Park for the theater. Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Hair and Wig Designer) returns to the John W. Engeman Theater after designing numerous shows in its first two seasons. He recently completed work on the Hartford Stage Company production of The Milk Train Don't Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis and also recently worked with Cybill Shepherd on her one woman production of Curvy Widow for the Post Street Theatre in San Francisco. The Production Stage Manager is CJ LaRoche.
The cast of Crazy For You features Eric Santagata as Bobby Child, who comes directly from the new Susan Stroman production, Happiness, where he served as dance captain on the piece and Pilar Millhollen as Polly Baker who originated the role of Bebe in the National Tour of the acclaimed revival of A Chorus Line and has appeared in the National Tours of Evita (Peron's Mistress) and the Tony Award-winning Chicago.
The cast also features Brian Gonzales (Bela Zangler) who was in the Broadway and National Tour productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Erin Mosher (Irene) who was most recently seen as Sandra in All Shook Up at the Media Theater and starred in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!; Michael Sample (Lank) who has performed in regional theaters across the country in such productions as Dream a Little Dream, Songs for a New World, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The cast also includes John Cormier, Laurie Difilippo, Rebecca Fale-Chiu, Brody Hessin, David Houston, Danielle Kelsey, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Beau Landry, Chris LeBeau, Erika Odegard,Jessica Pierson, Nicky Romaniello, Richard Rowan, Joan St. Onge, and Shaver Tillit.
The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island's only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar. For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900 or visit their website atwww.engemantheater.com.
Photos by Tyler Monier Williams
Set Model of Finale by Bottari and Case
Pilar Millhollen and Eric Santagata
The New Yorkers: Laurie Difilippo, Rebecca Fale-Chiu, Jessica Pierson
First Act Finale I Got Rythym
The Real American Folk Song
The Real American Folk Song
Pilar Millhollen and Eric Santagata
Shaver Tillitt and the cast
Michael Sample and Erin Mosher
Slap That Bass
Erin Mosher and the Cowboys in the Saloon set
Pilar Millhollen and company
Richard Rowen and Joan St. Onge arrive in Deadrock
Eric Santagata, Pilar Millhollen and the Showgirls: Laurie Difilippo,Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Danielle Kelsey, Rebecca Fale-Chiu, Jessica Pierson, Erika Odegard
Amanda Kloots Larsen as Tessie with the showgirls
Eric Santagata and Poster Girls
Eric Santagata and Pilar Millhollen